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2017 Perth to Auckland by Rail, Coach and Cruise

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Including Adelaide and Canberra

21 October – 11 November 2017

Escorted by Susanne Kiely        

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This journey across Australia and cruising to New Zealand is a wonderful, relaxing opportunity.
Enjoy the comfort of ‘Gold Class’ on board the Indian Pacific train from Perth to Adelaide, an interesting cross-country coach ride through rural countryside to the Australian Capital of Canberra and onto Sydney to board Celebrity Solstice to cross the Tasman Sea to Auckland.
Experience goldmines, ghost towns, the beauty and colours of the Nullabor Plains; grapevines along the Murray River Valley, the cities of Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney before a cruise in local waters.
Sailing into Milford, Doubtful and Dusky sounds is an awe-inspiring experience and calling at ports up the east coast of New Zealand including the Bay of Islands completes a unique tour.  

Itinerary

October
Saturday 21                 Auckland – Perth
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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand, arriving mid-afternoon in Perth, the picturesque capital of Western Australia set on the Swan River, for a one night stay in a down-town hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner.
 
Sunday 22                   Perth – Board the ‘Indian Pacific’ B L D
After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board ‘Indian Pacific’ train.
Depart Perth, travelling in ‘Gold Class’ with time to settle into your comfortable cabin – home for the next two days and nights.
 
Indian Pacific
• The Outback Explorer Lounge is the train’s centre of activity
• Gold Service guests dine in the classically-appointed Queen Adelaide Restaurant
• The Gold sleeper cabin has beds which converts to a seat by day
Gold Class Service Features
• Comfortable sleeper cabin
• Private en-suite in cabin (for twin or double)
• All-inclusive dining
• All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
• All-inclusive off-train Excursions
8:50pm arrive Kalgoolie – depart 1:20am
 
The discovery of gold in the 1890s led to a population explosion as fortune seekers descended on the region. Today Kalgoolie-Boulder is the largest regional city in WA which still retains its sense of adventure and some of the characters of the early gold rush. Discover the city on your off-train excursion.             
 
Monday 23                  On board ‘Indian Pacific’ B L D
9:40am arrive Cook – depart 1:10pm                       
 
Stretch your legs and explore the old railway town of Cook, once a thriving community boasting a school, swimming pool, general store and housing to accommodate a population of 200. Now virtually abandoned, a self-guided map will allow you to walk and explore. 2.15pm - depart Cook with lunch served on-board.
 
Tuesday 24                            Adelaide B L
An early morning breakfast served on-board before evening arriving in Adelaide at 7:20am.  On arrival we enjoy a coach sightseeing tour of the city and surrounds.  Includes morning tea at Seppeltsfield, followed by a heritage tour of the winery and Barossa Valley pub lunch before checking into your hotel at Glenelg.  Remainder of the day at your leisure to walk along the beach or relax.
 
Adelaide – the capital of South Australia is situated on the River Torrens. With its multi-cultural atmosphere, many river-walking trails and impressive Art Gallery. With free time to explore, this city is the ideal stop-over before continuing your journey.
 
 
Wednesday 25              Adelaide - sightseeing B                
After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Adelaide including Central Market, Historic North Terrace and the Adelaide Oval. Afternoon free for further sightseeing or retail therapy at the famous Rundle Mall.

Thursday 26                Adelaide B
Today drive to the jewel of Adelaide Hills – Hahndorf – Australia’s oldest German settlement.  Now a great mix of old and new and fast becoming a foodies delight.
 
Swan Hill, a vibrant city on the banks of the fertile Murray River area, is rich in history and agriculture, especially citrus and wine.
 
Friday 27                   Adelaide - Swan Hill B L D
After breakfast depart Adelaide along the Sturt Highway with a stop off at Waikerie and on to Mildura for lunch.  Cross the Murray River and continue along the fertile Murray Valley to Swan Hill for an overnight stay.
 
Saturday 28                Swan Hill – Canberra B
Depart Swan Hill with stops at Deniliquin and Wagga Wagga. Continue to Gundagai to view the legendary ‘Dog on the Tuckerbox’ and travel on to Australia’s capital Canberra for a two night stay.
 
Canberra, known as Australia’s ‘Bush Capital,’ was set up in 1908 as a compromise government location between rivals Sydney and Melbourne. Situated 290km south-west of Sydney and surrounded by forest, farmland and nature reserves, the city’s focal point is Lake Burley Griffin, a popular water playground with Parliament House on its shores.
 
Sunday 29                   Canberra (sightseeing) B
This morning, our city sights tour includes Parliament House, Australian War Memorial and Embassy Row. At the conclusion of the city tour, an optional lunch cruise of Lake Burley Griffin is available.
 
Celebrity Solstice
Once on board, discover the innovative Celebrity Solstice, a ship that redefines cruising in New Zealand, ushering in a new era in style, accommodation options and indulgence.
On board sample the ‘Tuscan Grill’, the Grand Epernay Dining Room, one of 26 martinis served on a bar counter of solid ice in the Martini Bar, the Solarium, the Lawn Club – a half acre of grass, musical spectaculars, other dining destinations and a myriad of additional activities and entertainment. All meals are included.
Three days at sea and one day cruising Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds makes for an exceptionally relaxing cruise – enabling you to enjoy the ship – a destination in itself. 
 
Monday 30                  Sydney – Celebrity Solstice B L D
Today travel to Circular Quay in downtown Sydney to join Celebrity Solstice, with a morning tea stop at Bowral along the way.  Late lunch is available on board. Time in the afternoon to explore and orientate yourself with your home for the next 13 days. Sail out of Sydney Harbour through the ‘Heads’ late afternoon.
 
Tuesday 31                 At Sea  B L D
November 2017
Wednesday 01              Melbourne      B L D
A full day to explore or shop in this cosmopolitan city.
 
Thursday 02                At Sea B L D
Friday 03                   At Sea B L D
Saturday 04                Milford Sound, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds B L D
Time to savour cruising Milford Sound. Rain or shine it is always a jewel in New Zealand’s crown. Continue cruising into picturesque Doubtful and Dusky sounds in Fiordland National Park.
 
Sunday 05                   Port Chalmers (Dunedin) B L D
A full day to explore our most-Scottish city.
Monday 06                  Akaroa B L D
Today either explore the quaint and picturesque Akaroa or travel into Christchurch to see the progress on the re-build.
 
Tuesday 07                 Wellington B L D
A day to visit Te Papa and the new ‘Great War Exhibition’ created by Peter Jackson, located in the Dominion Museum Building.
 
Wednesday 08              At Sea  B L D
Thursday 09                Mt Maunganui B L D
Be on deck as you sail alongside iconic Mount Maunganui into picturesque Pilot Bay. Either walk up or around the scenic Mount or enjoy the town centre with its stylish cafés and shops.
 
Friday 10                   Bay of Islands B L D
Solstice will seem to tower over the islands as this is a tender port.
Ashore visit Paihia or take a ferry to Russell.

 
Saturday 11                Auckland B
It is now time to farewell your new friends and disembark after breakfast.
 
*itinerary subject to change

 

Cost

Cost Per Person *NZD

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Twin

Single

Balcony - category 1B

$8,675

$11,572

Premium Economy Upgrade

+$341

 

Early Bird Discount
(if deposit paid by 31 March 2017)

$100

Previous International Tour Client Discount

$100

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur 2% fee
*itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment.

Inclusions

  • Economy air flights Auckland – Perth
  • Transfers as stated
  • One night hotel accommodation in Perth including breakfast
  • Two nights on board the Indian Pacific train (Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee included)
  • Off-train excursions Kalgoolie and Cook
  • Three nights Adelaide
  • One night Swan Hill
  • Two nights Canberra central hotel
  • 12 nights aboard Celebrity Solstice in the Stateroom of your choice Celebrity Solstice Gratuities, port taxes & fees
  • A private cocktail party onboard Celebrity Solstice
  • Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 15 people travelling
 

Exclusions

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance – please ask us for a quote

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of NZ$1200 per person will secure a place on this tour
• Full payment by 04 August 2017
• No refund after full payment

Cancellations & Refunds
• From date of booking until 04 August – loss of deposit
• After 04 August 2017 – no refund
 
Travel Insurance
• We advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs
• Please ask us for a quote
 
Documentation
• A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel
• No visas are required for NZ Passport holders
•All others please ask

General Information

Temperature
  Max °C Min °C
Perth 30 20
Adelaide 25 14
Sydney 25 18
Dunedin 17 12
Tauranga 21 15
 
Luggage
Checked-in luggage is not accessible during the train journey. Pack your cabin bag with the essentials for the two nights. Smart casual is recommended for the Queen Adelaide Restaurant on board the train.
 
Health
A good standard of fitness is required for this tour. Cook does NOT have a platform, but mobile steps are available. The train is unstable while travelling, therefore you need to be firm of foot.
 
Clothing
• Daytime – comfortable touring clothes, good walking shoes. Evening – smart casual for hotels and on board the train
• Cruising: As above, with something more dressy for the special nights on board. Men – a jacket and long-sleeved shirt is fine. There are casual alternative restaurants.

 

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